Back to blogging

Hope you all enjoyed your two week holidays. While you have been swimming or fishing or visiting relatives, the student blogging challenge has been happening.

  • Week 1 was creating your comment or blog avatar and writing an About Me page
  • Week 2 was to watch a video about commenting and to leave a comment on the challenge post explaining what you learned or what other activities you completed from the challenge.
  • An extra activity was to add a visitor widget to your blog.

All these activities are also mentioned in the Work Completed page above the header.

So this weeks work:

  1. Make sure you have completed the week 1 and 2 activities,
  2. Add a visitor widget to your blog
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you have finished and what I need to mark off on the work completed page
  4. Make sure you have read any comments you have received and answer these comments. I know some students have had mentors leave comments already.

Once all this is done, then have a look at Week 3 of the challenge. This is a fun two weeks where you get to do things with images and videos.

Is your blog ready for the challenge?

Start 100m Finale der Herren in London 2017

Creative Commons License Marco Verch via Compfight

As the blogging challenge starts Sunday next week when you are on holidays, you might want to get your blog ready.

  1. Have you registered for the challenge?
  2. Have you added the challenge badge to your sidebar? Look at last week’s post.
  3. Have you written a great post about yourself and your interests?
  4. Have you checked who the other students are who have similar interests to you?

A couple of settings and widgets you need to fix are:

Compfight

Dashboard> settings> compfight – change small setting to 240 on longest side. Save.

Time zone

Dashboard> settings> general> time zone – choose Hobart or Launceston. Save.

Class blogs widget

Dashboard> appearance> widgets> drag across class blogs to your sidebar – if there are more than 10 students with personal blogs attached to your class blog, then you might need to make some changes to number of blogs. You might want to have the blogs alphabetical rather than random. You might want to include blog avatar as well as title of blog.

If you are not joining the challenge, you still need to do the settings and widget mentioned above. You should also be writing posts that are of interest to you.

Poetry, reading, minecraft, dogs, gardening, swimming, astronomy etc

 

 

Adding widgets

In this week’s lesson, you each added a clock widget to your sidebar. Here are the steps you followed, in case you need to change the clock:

  1. Open student blogger’s blog and right click open in a new tab on Miss W’s clock in the sidebar.
  2. This takes you to this website. In the top header, hover over free fun and click on  make a clock for your site.
  3. Make any changes you need to the clock and keep clicking on Continue.  You can see what the changes are as you make them by looking at the clock on the right.
  4. When you have finished creating your clock, you need to copy the embed code. This is also called HTML code.

Now come back to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets to embed the code in a text box which you have dragged across to your sidebar area.

Put in a title for the widget them paste the embed code and save.

There are many different widgets you can add to your sidebar. They all work the same way – create the widget on their website, copy the embed or HTML code then come back to your dashboard and add the code in a text box under widgets. If you can’t find the embed code easily look for these words or icons:

embed code      HTML     publish     share    application,xml,code,html

Try now to create one of these widgets:

Here is a video about how to create a Voki, start at about 1.00 minute.

Visit other student blogs to see what widgets they might have like a flag counter, bookshelf, brainpop riddle, wonderopolis question.

Can you find any other great widgets to add to your blog sidebar?

Write a post about widgets.

How to … add a cyber pet to your sidebar

Here is a post with step by step instructions for adding a cyber pet as a widget on your blog sidebar.

1. Go to this website

2. Choose the pet you want by clicking on it.

3. Now customize your pet by changing colour, adding a name for the pet and putting in your name as the adopter.  You should be seeing on the left of the page what your changes will make your pet look like. It wont accept Capital Letters for names though.

adoptpet1

 

4. Now choose other sites and click on copy code button.

adoptpet2

 

5. Now the last step is to copy the code into your blog widget area. Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets

Drag a text box to the sidebar where you want the pet to appear. Put in a title if you want and paste in the code that is on your clipboard – use control V.

Save and then close. Go to your blog, refresh the blog and you should now have your pet in the sidebar.

 

What other widgets would you like on your blog?